HC Deb 08 May 1916 vol 82 cc281-2

asked the Prime Minister whether the Government is aware that at the date of the outbreak of the revolution in Ireland some 500 Cavalry were without carbines or rifles; and whether the searching inquiry which has been promised will inter alia. endeavour to fix the responsibility for this omission?

The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)

The Reserve Cavalry Regiments are primarily draft-producing units. Rifles are allotted according to training requirements. The regiments in question contain a large proportion of recruits. The same practice is followed in this matter in Ireland as obtains in England.